1. Essence Festival 2014 Day 3 Highlights: Mary J. Blige, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius & More

    July 06, 2014 11:19 AM EDT Here’s the thing about the Essence Festival – even though the Mercedes-Benz Superdome houses plenty of artists from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s music to see virtually every hour of the day all around New Orleans. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! The perfect example of this was…

  2. Tevin Campbell Aims to Reignite Career at First Essence Festival Performance

    July 06, 2014 11:15 AM EDT R&B singer Tevin Campbell, who thrilled fans as a teenager when he asked "Can We Talk," has performed for the first time at the Essence Festival as he seeks to re-ignite his career. Essence Music Fest 2014: Photos from New Orleans! Campbell said he's 37 now, but the voice…

  3. BET Experience 2014: Maxwell Captivates, Jill Scott Sizzles at Staples Center In L.A.

    June 28, 2014 3:02 PM EDT The pair kick off BET Experience at L.A. Live’s three-night concert series “Are you feeling delicious tonight?” A resounding chorus of female screams gave Maxwell the unequivocal answer to his question Friday night (June 27) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.  It was the ninth stop on the suave…

  4. Chart Highlights: Maroon 5's 'Maps' Makes Record Start; Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake Top Adult R&B Songs

    June 23, 2014 4:55 PM EDT Maroon 5's Maps' start's with the best first-week plays total in the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart's history. Plus, new No. 1s for Jackson and Timberlake, Iggy Azalea and Enrique Iglesias Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard…

  5. BET, Louder Than Life Partner For 'Music Matters' Compilation Series

    June 09, 2014 5:31 PM EDT Miguel, Big Sean, Melanie Fiona, Mack Wilds, The Internet among featured acts BET Networks and its new artist program Music Matters has partnered with Louder Than Life/Red Associated Labels to launch the new compilation album series, "BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1." Featuring…

  6. Nas to Headline Essence Festival Kickoff

    May 01, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Trey Songz, K. Michelle, Jazmine Sullivan also on the bill for the Essence "Now Playing" concert Nas has been tapped to kick off the 20th anniversary Essence Festival weekend as headliner of the Essence "Now Playing" concert. Being staged at the Louisiana Superdome in New…

  7. Chart Highlights: Pharrell's 'Happy,' John Legend's 'All Of Me' Expand Reigns

    April 21, 2014 6:05 PM EDT 'Happy' takes over atop a sixth singular-format Billboard airplay chart, while 'All of Me' grants Legend his first Pop Songs and Rhythmic Songs No. 1s. Plus, new No. 1s for A Great Big World & Christina Aguilera, Fitz and the Tantrums and more Chart Highlights offers…

  8. Outkast To Headline 2014 BET Experience In Los Angeles

    April 21, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Hip-hop duo Outkast, who recently celebrated their 20th anniversary by reuniting for this year's Coachella Valley & Arts Music Festival, will headline the 2014 BET Experience, to be held June 27-29 at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Rick Ross to Hit BET…

  9. Future, The Roots Headlining Late-Night BET Experience

    April 01, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Late-night concerts by Future and The Roots & Friends plus two nights of comedy head the Club Nokia lineup for the second annual BET Experience at L.A. Live (June 27-29). Today's talent announcement from BET follows in the wake of the network's previously announced roster of…

  10. The Roots, Tamar Braxton, K. Michelle Join Essence Festival Lineup

    March 27, 2014 10:49 AM EDT The Roots, Tamar Braxton and K. Michelle are among the latest additions to the 2014 Essence Festival (July 3-6) lineup. As previously announced, Prince and special guest performers will kick off the festival's 20th anniversary musical celebration with a July 4 show at the Superdome in…

  11. Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Rick Ross to Hit BET Experience Concert Series

    March 11, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Jill Scott, A$AP Rocky and Rick Ross are among the first wave of Staples Center performers announced for the BET Experience at L.A. Live music festival (June 27-29). This marks the second year of the event, an alliance between BET Networks and AEG Live, the developer…

  12. How the Beatles Went Viral: Blunders, Technology & Luck Broke the Fab Four in America

    February 07, 2014 2:10 PM EST Six weeks is all it took for the Liverpool foursome to go from unknowns to the biggest pop stars in the USA. Here's an exhaustive look at how it happened Consider the following: At the end of 1963 , virtually no one in America had heard of the Beatles. Yet on Feb. 9, 1964, they…

  13. Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige & Erykah Badu Added to Essence Festival Bill

    January 09, 2014 4:36 AM EST   Lionel Richie, Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu join the lineup for the Essence Festival, which will roll-out over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans. They trio of hitmakers join previously announced headliner Prince for the event’s 20th anniversary edition.  Prince to Headline Essence…

  14. K. Michelle Talks 'Rebellious Soul' Success & Upcoming Solo VH1 Show

    August 23, 2013 2:12 PM EDT The R&B singer's 'Rebellious Soul' debuts at No. 2 thanks to new exposure through reality TV. K. Michelle has endured personal and professional woes in her career, but this week the singer hits the Billboard 200 at No. 2 with her major-label debut, "…

  15. Luke Bryan Nets No. 1 Album, Katy Perry's 'Roar' Tops Digital Songs

    August 21, 2013 11:00 AM EDT K. Michelle debuts at No. 2, while "Roar" and Lady Gaga's "Applause" make their Digital Songs bows. As reported yesterday , country star Luke Bryan nabs his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Crash My Party." The album bows atop the list…

  16. Essence Festival 2013: Beyonce, Tamia, Janelle Monae Take Over The Superdome

    July 08, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The last day of the 19th annual Essence Music Festival started around 8 a.m. CDT at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, with an all-star gospel tribute to Donnie McClurkin and Tramaine Hawkins, and finished around 1 a.m. Monday morning (July 8) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when…

  17. Kendrick Lamar Wins Big At BET Awards, Capping Inaugural BET Experience Festival

    July 01, 2013 7:00 AM EDT “The best of the best in Black entertainment. All Day. All Night. All In.” That’s what BET promised to deliver with its inaugural three-day music and lifestyle festival, the BET Experience. Staged in association with AEG at the latter’s L.A. Live downtown complex (June 28-30), the…

  18. Janine and the Mixtape, 'Dark Mind': Exclusive Song Premiere

    May 28, 2013 12:46 PM EDT Janine and the Mixtape has been garnering buzz across the board with her smoky vocals. Within one year, the emerging R&B singer, born Janine Foster, has caught the attention of both artists (Marsha Ambrosius) and record labels. The interest for the New Zealand-born comes at no…

  19. Drake Leads 2013 BET Awards With 12 Nominations

    May 14, 2013 3:22 PM EDT Chris Brown announces an upcoming Aaliyah-assisted single. He started from the bottom, but now he's on top at the BET Awards: Drake has 12 nominations. The BET nominees were announced today (Tuesday, May 14) at a press conference on the rooftop of L.A.'s Icon Ultra Lounge, just up…

  20. 2 Chainz, John Legend, MC Lyte Honored at Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball

    January 21, 2013 8:55 AM EST John Legend believes hip-hop played its part in helping Barack Obama become president, and he's proud at how the genre has matured over the years.   "I think hip-hop had a role in making sure we elected a black president in America because we made it so that black people were in…

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